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Hawaii

Best of Hawaii: Oahu, Big Island and Maui

Join locals to explore Hawaii with an insider’s perspective, learning about unique island ecosystems, exploring Volcanoes National Park and snorkeling colorful reefs in Lanai!
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Program No. 21586RJ
Length
9 days
Starts at
3,599
Flights start at
450
Hawaii

Best of Hawaii: Oahu, Big Island and Maui

Join locals to explore Hawaii with an insider’s perspective, learning about unique island ecosystems, exploring Volcanoes National Park and snorkeling colorful reefs in Lanai!
Length
9 days
Starts at
3,599
Flights start at
450
Program No. 21586 RJ
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Comfortable accommodations that offer typical/average views of the area’s scenery.

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Comfortable accommodations offering views of the areas scenery and partial ocean views.

Sep 11 - Sep 19, 2021
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Standard View 3,599
Upgraded View 3,999
Oct 9 - Oct 17, 2021
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Standard View 3,749
Upgraded View 3,999
Oct 23 - Oct 31, 2021
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Standard View 3,749
Upgraded View 3,999
Oct 30 - Nov 7, 2021
Standard View 3,749
Upgraded View 3,999
Jan 15 - Jan 23, 2022
Small group
Standard View 4,559
Upgraded View 4,799
Jan 29 - Feb 6, 2022
Small group
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Standard View 4,559
Upgraded View 4,799
Feb 5 - Feb 13, 2022
Small group
Standard View 4,559
Upgraded View 4,799
Feb 19 - Feb 27, 2022
Small group
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Standard View 4,559
Upgraded View 4,799
Mar 5 - Mar 13, 2022
Small group
Standard View 4,559
Upgraded View 4,799
Mar 19 - Mar 27, 2022
Small group
Standard View 4,559
Upgraded View 4,799
Apr 2 - Apr 10, 2022
Small group
Standard View 4,359
Upgraded View 4,699
Sep 10 - Sep 18, 2022
Small group
Standard View 4,359
Upgraded View 4,699
Oct 22 - Oct 30, 2022
Small group
Standard View 4,359
Upgraded View 4,699

DATES & PRICES

Standard View Upgraded View
Accommodation Details

Comfortable accommodations that offer typical/average views of the area’s scenery.

Accommodation Details

Comfortable accommodations offering views of the areas scenery and partial ocean views.

Sep 11 - Sep 19, 2021
SOLD OUT
Standard View 4,499
Upgraded View 5,249
Oct 9 - Oct 17, 2021
SOLD OUT
Standard View 4,499
Upgraded View 5,049
Oct 23 - Oct 31, 2021
SOLD OUT
Standard View 4,499
Upgraded View 5,049
Oct 30 - Nov 7, 2021
Standard View 4,499
Upgraded View 5,049
Jan 15 - Jan 23, 2022
Small group
Standard View 5,479
Upgraded View 5,949
Jan 29 - Feb 6, 2022
Small group
SOLD OUT
Standard View 5,479
Upgraded View 5,949
Feb 5 - Feb 13, 2022
Small group
Standard View 5,479
Upgraded View 5,949
Feb 19 - Feb 27, 2022
Small group
SOLD OUT
Standard View 5,479
Upgraded View 5,949
Mar 5 - Mar 13, 2022
Small group
Standard View 5,479
Upgraded View 5,949
Mar 19 - Mar 27, 2022
Small group
Standard View 5,479
Upgraded View 5,949
Apr 2 - Apr 10, 2022
Small group
Standard View 5,159
Upgraded View 5,749
Sep 10 - Sep 18, 2022
Small group
Standard View 5,159
Upgraded View 5,749
Oct 22 - Oct 30, 2022
Small group
Standard View 5,159
Upgraded View 5,749

At a Glance

Be immersed in the natural wonders, culture and history of America’s paradise — Hawaii! On this three-island adventure that begins on Oahu, journey along the breathtaking East Coast to marvel in the iconic natural beauty of Diamond Head and Hanauma Bay. Experience Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii, and cap off your learning adventure on Maui exploring a working pineapple farm and snorkeling its pristine waters.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking 1-2 miles daily.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • On the east coast of Oahu, learn about environmental projects at a historic fish pond and education center.
  • Visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, home of the active Kilauea volcano!
  • Snorkel along the dazzling coral reef in Lanai.

General Notes

Select dates are designated for small groups and are limited to 24 participants or less.
Featured Expert
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Frank Lau
From serving in community development on the border of Mexico to developing an English curriculum for the Olympics at a 5-star hotel in Beijing, Frank’s life has fed his passion for the cross-cultural. Traveling has drawn him to fascinating locales across the globe, but his Hawaiian roots are perhaps strongest of all. His interest in Hawaiian culture and his desire to show his students an “insider’s” view of the Islands have made him a perfect match for Road Scholar’s Hawaii programs.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

Profile Image of Frank Lau
From serving in community development on the border of Mexico to developing an English curriculum for the Olympics at a 5-star hotel in Beijing, Frank’s life has fed his passion for the cross-cultural. Traveling has drawn him to fascinating locales across the globe, but his Hawaiian roots are perhaps strongest of all. His interest in Hawaiian culture and his desire to show his students an “insider’s” view of the Islands have made him a perfect match for Road Scholar’s Hawaii programs.
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Hawaii Wildlife
by James Kavanagh
A fold-up, laminated card featuring color drawings and short descriptions of commonly encountered birds, mammals and other critters of Hawaii.
Lost Kingdom
by Julia Flynn Siler
Royalty and rogues, sugar barons, politicians and missionaries all figure in Siler's riveting tale of Liliuokalani, the last queen of Hawaii.
Shore Fishes of Hawaii
by John Randall
A pocket field guide to all the reef fishes that a casual snorkeler or diver is likely to see.
Plague And Fire, Battling Black Death And the 1900 Burning of Honolulu's Chinatown
by James C. Mohr
Mohr relates the gripping tale of the bubonic plague that reached Hawaii's shores just as the islands were about to become a U.S. territory through the eyes of the people caught up in the vast conflagration that engulfed Honolulu's Chinatown.
Aloha Betrayed
by Noenoe K. Silva
Silva draws on newspapers, books, letters and contemporary accounts in Hawaiian for this eye-opening account of popular resistance to the annexation of Hawaii by the United States.
Moloka'i
by Alan Brennert
Set in Hawaii more than a century ago, Brennert's richly imagined novel of seven-year-old Rachel Kalama -- full of tales of stories of old Hawaii -- draws on historical accounts of Kalaupapa, the isolated leper colony on the island of Moloka'I.
Hotel Honolulu
by Paul Theroux
This hilarious sendup of ex-pats and their ilk, drawing on Theroux's time in the islands, where he has a home, features a full cast of eccentrics who reside in and visit a fleabag hotel on the coast of Oahu.
Hawaiian Islands Map
by Nelles
A map of all the individual Hawaiian Islands, including maps of O'ahu, Kaua'i, Maui, Moloka'i and Lana'i at 1:150,000 and of Hawai'i at 1:330,000. Includes an inset map of Waikiki.
Unfamiliar Fishes
by Sarah Vowell
Tracking the Americanization of Hawaii from the arrival of the first missionaries in 1820 to the annexation in 1898 (Queen Liliuokalani was in Washington lobbying to save her nation during the McKinley inauguration), Vowell shows the complex interplay of god, business and tradition with her usual acerbic wit (and research).
Nation Within, The History of the American Occupation of Hawai'i
by Tom Coffman
Coffman follows the rising tensions between the U.S. and the once-independent Hawaii through the late 19th century, documenting how the native population resisted annexation.
Hawaii
by James Michener
A romantic, fictional overview of the islands' history, people and culture from prehistoric times to statehood in 1959.
The Food of Paradise, Exploring Hawaii's Culinary Heritage
by Rachel Laudan
Laudan takes readers on a thoughtful, wide-ranging tour of Hawaii's farms and gardens, fish auctions and vegetable markets, fairs and carnivals, mom-and-pop stores and lunch wagons to uncover the delightful complexities and incongruities in Hawaii's culinary history. With 150 recipes.
A Field Guide to the Birds of Hawaii and the Tropical Pacific
by H. Douglas Pratt
This landmark field guide with chapters on the islands and habitats features superb color plates by Pratt and a checklist of birds.
Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen
by Liliuokalani
A poignant plea for sovereignty. Queen Liliuokalani, deposed by the United States in 1893, tells the story of her islands.
Oahu Revealed
by Andrew Doughty
Candid, comprehensive and well illustrated, this up-to-date local guide covers the nature and culture of the island as well as adventures and activities.
Shoal of Time: A History of the Hawaiian Islands
by Gavan Daws
A vivid, scholarly history of Hawaii, from Cook's first visit to the islands in 1778 through statehood. A classic, well-told history, first published in 1968.
Paradise Remade, The Politics of Culture and History in Hawaii
by Elizabeth Bentzel Buck
By focusing on the experience of the indigenous people of Hawaii rather than on that of their colonizers, Buck considers the transformation of Hawaiian culture over the past 200 years.
Mark Twain's Letters from Hawaii
by Mark Twain
These observant and often wildly hilarious letters from an 1866 trip display Twain's famous wit.
Travelers' Tales Hawai'i True Stories
by Rick Carroll (Editor)
This terrific anthology includes contributions on the history, culture and nature of Hawaii by an impressive group of writers, including Paul Theroux, John McPhee and Maxine Hong Kingston.
Hawaii, Travellers' Wildlife Guides
by Les Beletsky
This all-around field guide features color illustrations of commonly encountered birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish with notes on Hawaii's geology and popular parks and reserves.
Dismembering Lahui, A History of the Hawaiian Nation to 1887
by Jon Kamakawiwoole Osorio
Osorio charts the effects of Western law on the national identity of Native Hawaiians in this political history of the Kingdom of Hawaii from the onset of constitutional government in 1840 to the Bayonet Constitution of 1887.
Captive Paradise, A History of Hawaii
by James L. Haley
A fascinating history of America’s youngest (and, arguably, most unique) state. Historian and biographer James Haley charts Hawaii’s epic journey from kingdom to statehood with authority.
Hawaii, Islands Under the Influence
by Noel J. Kent
A history of economic development in the islands from sandalwood and whaling to sugar, tourism and Japanese investment in the 1980s.
Eyewitness Guide Hawaii
by Eyewitness Guides
An on-the-ground guide to the Hawaiian Islands -- handsome, comprehensive and superb.
Born in Paradise
by Armine von Tempski
The autobiographical tale of childhood on a Maui ranch in the early part of this century. A classic account of old Hawaii, warm-spirited and evocative.
The Island Edge of America, A Political History of Hawaii
by Tom Coffman
Journalist Tom Coffman brings Hawaii's story into the twentieth century through this reinterpretation of major events leading up to and following statehood in 1959.
From a Native Daughter, Colonialism and Sovereignty in Hawaii
by Haunani-Kay Trask
Trask, a descendant of the Pi'ilani line of Maui and the Kahakumakaliua line of Kauai, explores issues of racism and imperialism in Hawaii, documenting the work of native Hawaiian student organizations and the native Hawaiian self-governing organization Ka Lahuni Hawaii.
Pearl Harbor Ghosts, The Legacy of December 7, 1941
by Thurston Clarke
A well-researched and evocative look at the bombing of Pearl Harbor by a veteran travel writer. Clarke compares and contrasts the social life and culture of Hawaii on the day of the bombing and sixty years later, enumerating the changes wrought by WWII.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
by Trails Illustrated
This handy map, with trails and visitor information, includes the entire park area.
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(5)

Excellent hotels. Great excursions. I greatly enjoyed the free time on Maui--the art galleries, map store and poster store in Lahaina are amazing. The others on the trip provided interesting and enjoyable company. As a solo traveler, I felt very comfortable and was welcomed by the others on the trip.

(5)

This trip was about beauty, nature, Hawaiian history and culture, and experiencing it all as close to being a local as possible. Will is simply the best! Thanks Road Scholar.

(5)

The Hawaii program was amazing! I loved the variety, the field trips, and the gorgeous scenery. The food was delicious and fresh. Now that I am home, taking my daily walks with no surfers, volcanoes, or gorgeous beaches in view just reminds me of how fabulous it was. Check Hawaii off the bucket list!

(5)

We did and saw a lot on our trip. Highlights for us were USS Arizona and touring Volcano National park with an expert. Small group was the good way to go, only 19 in our group of fun travelers. Best of all, Will the group leader, was terrific. Knowledgeable, personable and well organized. Happy travels!

(5)

This is a short trip for the distance you have to travel but is full of interesting excursions and instructors. Highly recommend this as a good introduction to the Hawaiian islands.

(5)

What a great trip. Frank and Lee were amazing leaders. The small group made the trip more intimate. Fulfilled bucket list dream of visiting Hawaii. I highly recommend this trip!

(5)

Such a thorough history of the Hawaiian islands and its people. Amazing how diverse the individual islands are! I'm so pleased to have visited 3 of them with local experts.






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